Like all towns, Arles has a range of accommodation from inexpensive (smaller, less central properties) to more expensive (larger apartments or houses, well-situated).

The town hall of Arles (la Mairie) runs a service dedicated to student accommodation in Arles, called Le Bureau de la Vie Étudiante (Municipal Student Services Office). Their mission is:

-helping students settle in Arles
-organising a student induction / welcome day in October
-communicating information about events in the region: culture, sport, local traditions (there’s a weekly newsletter for students)
-identifying students’ needs in terms of accommodation, social activities
-helping student unions and clubs in their activities

Bureau de la vie étudiante
Espace Van-Gogh, 2ème étage
Place Félix-Rey
Tél. 04 90 49 37 42

They can give you a list of accommodation for you to call. Lokaviz is a site with ads for apartments and flat sharing. The French classified ads website Le Bon Coin also has listings for accommodation, mainly in French. Le Bon Coin is non-filtered and the listings are by private landlords, and you should use discretion when negotiating leases and paying deposits. If necessary we can help you with calling landlords. You should try to refer to the list provided by the Bureau de la Vie Etudiante first, as they know the typical rents and have a network of contacts. At MoPA we also have a list of accommodation and can advise you further.

Flat & house-sharing

While not as common in France as in some other countries, house-sharing is also an option. Students agree on division of rent & household tasks. this can be a good way to save money & enjoy your student experience.

Renting in France

There is a convenient, privately-owned student residence next door to MoPA (Les Cyclades) that has studio accommodation. Availability and rent varies, you can consult us for advice.

How much does it cost to rent in Arles? Rent depends a lot on the location of the property, size and its quality. As a general rule in Arles rent for an empty rental property is approximately 10 euros per square metre. This means that if you rent a house with 70 square metres expect to pay about 700 euros. Fully furnished rentals tend to be a little more expensive.

Landlords will usually ask for at least one month rent in advance when you move in.

Student leases typically last around 8 months. In order to benefit from government housing benefit you must make sure that your landlord is declaring your rent to the appropriate services (the CAF). If you wish to keep your accommodation during the summer holiday break you should make sure to negotiate this with your landlord.

Security deposit: Landlords will generally ask for one month’s rent as a security deposit against possible damage. This amount will be given back to you after you leave the property. Careful attention must be taken to leave the house in clean and proper condition after you
leave, to avoid issues with your landlord.

Guarantor: Students will usually need a guarantor who lives in France. This is a security reassurance for landlords in case you can not or do not pay your rent. The guarantor signs an official document promising to honour the rent. The guarantor must provide pay slips and/or tax documents proving they have enough resources to make this promise (generally they must earn three times the rent per month).

Crous & APL
Once you’ve found accommodation, you can apply to receive the APL- Aide Personalisée au
Logement (accommodation financial assistance) and/or financial aid for social or student
(CROUS) housing (the housing benefit known as the ALS- Allocation Logement à Caractère

All students studying in France have the right to apply.

For more information:
Caisse d’Allocation Familiale LE CROUS Aix-Marseille
Please note that the CAF is very slow in responding so you should try to organise your contact with them as soon as possible.

See: LOVAKIZ for ads for apartments, student rentals and flat sharing
Le Bon Coin– a privately run website with ads for accommodation
The site Campus France also has useful information.


The school is located close to the centre of Arles, near the growing cultural hub that includes the massive Fondation Luma contemporary arts centre (redevelopment of the industrial heritage listed former SNCF railway workshops) and the new premises of the L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie – ENSP. The student residence Les Cyclades is next door to the MoPA building.

Most places and activities in Arles are accessible on foot or bike.

Train : Arles has a train station with lines both direct and connecting from all regional centres, particularly Paris-Lyon-Marseille, as well as Nimes-Montpelier.

Arles-Paris TGV (direct trains or connecting through Avignon TGV station) or Marseille Gare St Charles: 4 hours.
Local trains (TER) run between Arles SCNF train station and the Avignon TGV. SNCF train schedules & prices here

By plane : The closest major international airport is Marseille Marignane (65 kms). When your flight arrives, you can take a shuttle bus to Marseille (Gare St Charles) and then a train. Take care to check the times of evening trains departing Marseille-Arles. Unless you wish to stay over in Marseille, choose early flights that arrive at Marignane Airport in the morning or afternoon to give you time to make your connecting train to Arles.

Other airports
Nîmes Garons airport 25 km
Avignon airport 35 km
Montpellier airport 75 km
Nice Airport 243 km

Local transport : The great thing about living in Arles is the ease of access- you can walk or bike to almost everything. But if you need a bus, the local transport company Envia has their timetable and map here. Local transport